Tiger Woods and Michael Jordan are two of the greatest figures of all time in their respective sports. As such, it makes sense that the pair would cross paths throughout their careers and become friendly to some degree.
This past Sunday, the second installment of HBO’s “Tiger” documentary aired and shined a light on some aspects of the pair’s relationship. Specifically, it touched on how Woods would at times go to Las Vegas (the setting for his infamous ‘tip’ story) and party with people like Jordan and Charles Barkley.
As recapped by US Weekly:
“According to Tiffany Masters, a former VIP host in Las Vegas, the hosts would pick out girls to party with Woods, Jordan and Barkley during their trips to Sin City,” the report noted. “’In that entourage, Tiger was a bit of a geek,’ Masters said.
“Author Armen Keteyian also claimed Woods sought girl advice from Jordan. ‘Michael, to ever-loving credit, goes, ‘You tell them you’re Tiger Woods,’’ Keteyian said.”
According to Keteyian, that is when everything changed for Woods on the female front.
As far-fetched as the story may sound, it has actually been corroborated in a past report. Back in 2016, Wright Thompson penned a piece for ESPN that essentially re-told this same exact anecdote.
“The sexual bravado hid his awkwardness around women. One night he went to a club in New York with Derek Jeter and Michael Jordan,” Thompson wrote.
“Jeter and Jordan circulated, talking with ease to one beautiful woman after another. At one point, Tiger walked up to them and asked the question that lives in the heart of every junior high boy and nearly every grown man too. ‘What do you do to talk to girls?’ Jeter and Jordan looked at each other, then back at Tiger, sort of stunned. Go tell ’em you’re Tiger Woods, they said.”
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People who weren’t paying attention during Woods’ meteoric rise to prominence will never truly understand what a cultural icon he was, and why his fall from grace was so stunning.